By Hana Namrouqa

AMMAN – Seventy per cent of the Disi Water Conveyance Project has been completed after work on the mega-project resumed earlier this week, according to a source involved in the implementation of the venture.

Mechanical and construction work on the project resumed after authorities introduced security measures to protect teams operating in the southern region between Al Hassa and Mudawwara on the Jordanian-Saudi border, said the source, who preferred anonymity.

Work on a major part of the Disi project was suspended for over a month after a shooting incident targeted Disi project engineers and vehicles late September.

“Security measures by the Royal Badia Forces are in place now to ensure the safety of our workers. We resumed partial work 10 days ago, and now we will continue with full force,” the source told The Jordan Times.

Being carried out on a build-operate-transfer basis and implemented by the Turkish company GAMA, the Disi project seeks to provide the capital with 110 million cubic metres of water via pipeline, which will start at the ancient Disi aquifer in southern Jordan and end in Amman, passing through several water stations in Maan, Tafileh, Karak and Madaba.

A progress report, a copy of which was made available to The Jordan Times, indicates that the break pressure tank and the pressure regulator tank are ready, as well as over 95 per cent of water collection tanks and the Madaba bridge pumping station.

“Now, water pipes are being laid in trenches along the medical city street to convey water to the Dabouq reservoir,” the source noted.

“The piezometer wells were drilled, 16 production wells were completed and work under way to complete 20 wells, all of which will be ready by next year,” the source added.

Under the Disi project, which started in 2007 and is slated for completion in 2013, 64 wells will be drilled, 55 of which will be used for the generation of water, while nine will serve as piezometer wells to measure the elevation of water.